Art and Design Year 3

Art and Design in Year 3:

In Art

Pupils should be taught to develop their techniques, including their control and their use of materials, with creativity, experimentation and an increasing awareness of different kinds of art, craft and design.

Pupils should be taught:

  • to create sketch books to record their observations and use them to review and revisit ideas
  • to improve their mastery of art and design techniques, including drawing, painting and sculpture with a range of materials [for example, pencil, charcoal, paint, clay]
  • about great artists, architects and designers in history.

Year 3 Children can:

  • I can show facial expressions in my art.
  • I can use sketches to produce a final piece of art.
  • I can use different grades of pencil to shade and to show different tones and textures.
  • I can create a background using a wash.
  • I can use a range of brushes to create different effects in painting.
  • I can identify the techniques used by different artists.
  • I can use digital images and combine with other media in my art.
  • I can use IT to create art which includes my own work and that of others.
  • I can compare the work of different artists.
  • I recognise when art is from different cultures.
  • I recognise when art is from different historical periods.

When designing and making, pupils should be taught to:


  • Use research and develop design criteria to inform the design of innovative, functional, appealing products that are fit for purpose, aimed at particular individuals or groups
  • Generate, develop, model and communicate their ideas through discussion, annotated sketches, cross-sectional and exploded diagrams, prototypes, pattern pieces and computer-aided design


  • Select from and use a wider range of tools and equipment to perform practical tasks [for example, cutting, shaping, joining and finishing], accurately
  • Select from and use a wider range of materials and components, including construction materials, textiles and ingredients, according to their functional properties and aesthetic qualities


  • Investigate and analyse a range of existing products
  • Evaluate their ideas and products against their own design criteria and consider the views of others to improve their work
  • Understand how key events and individuals in design and technology have helped shape the world

Technical knowledge

  • Apply their understanding of how to strengthen, stiffen and reinforce more complex structures
  • Understand and use mechanical systems in their products [for example, gears, pulleys, cams, levers and linkages]
  • Understand and use electrical systems in their products [for example, series circuits incorporating switches, bulbs, buzzers and motors]
  • Apply their understanding of computing to program, monitor and control their products.

In cooking and nutrition:

  • Understand and apply the principles of a healthy and varied diet
  • Prepare and cook a variety of predominantly savoury dishes using a range of cooking techniques
  • Understand seasonality, and know where and how a variety of ingredients are grown, reared, caught and processed.

Year 3 Children can:

  • I can prove that my design meets some set criteria.
  • I can follow a step-by-step plan, choosing the right equipment and materials.
  • I can design a product and make sure that it looks attractive.
  • I can choose a textile for both its suitability and its appearance.
  • I can select the most appropriate tools and techniques for a given task.
  • I can make a product which uses both electrical and mechanical components.
  • I can work accurately to measure, make cuts and make holes.
  • I can describe how food ingredients come together.




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